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Essentials of Fashion and Interior Design (FAID)

Essentials of Fashion, Apparel and Interior Design (FAID)

Fall 2018


This course is an introductory course for a new Career and Technical Education Pathway in the Fashion, Apparel and Interior Design Strand.  You may take this course without taking subsequent courses in the pathway but you must take all of the courses to get credit for completing the pathway.  


FAID is set up as a SELF-MOTIVATED class structure.  Students will meet once a week on S day for a two mod class period.  During the weekly meetings will be demonstrations, lectures, critiques and discussions.  Students will be expected to work on projects during Personal Learning Times either in the art room or a resource room.  Students will keep a record of their work time on each project. (Just like a job.) (If help is needed students will need to find a time to talk with or schedule time with their instructor.)  Time sheet uploaded to google classroom.


Each student will have a sketchbook/journal for weekly assignments.  The sketchbook will be used for notes, research, project planning, idea generators and practice.  Students will turn in their sketchbook/journals either in person or by taking digital photos and uploading them to the Google Classroom.  The sketchbook will be graded by quality on an A-F scale. (A week is defined as from the end of one class period to the beginning of the next class period.)  Assignments will be posted in the Google Classroom. Students may work ahead if they are inclined.


For their final project students will have the choice of designing a fashion line of five looks, a fabric collection of ten patterns or design the interior of a house/apartment.  Students will present their projects to the teacher (and possibly other educators or principals) for their final.

Outline of Semester assignments/projects:

FAID Sketchbook Assignments and Projects


Week 1: Research the fashion during a period of history.  Provide photos of the fashion. Write a paragraph describing: Who wore the particular styles (rich/poor/middle class)? The years the fashion was worn. Main points about how it looked.  What you like about the fashion design.


Week 2: Students will research current fashion/apparel trends.  Provide photos of the fashion. Write a paragraph describing who wears what.  What are the main points/design elements of the fashion. What do you like? What do you dislike?  How does it compare to the Week 1 historical fashion.


Week 3: Fabric.  Find different types of fabric.  Cotton, silk, denim, canvas, velvet, jersey (can choose your own this is just some ideas).  Attach the samples to a page in your sketchbook. Look up how the fabric is made and the process for making material.  (Do not just use Wikipedia.) Write a paragraph paraphrasing the information. What types of clothing or other items are made from the materials?  How do they feel to the touch? Which ones do you like/dislike?


Week 4: Research how patterns on fabric have changed over the years.  Pick a region of the world and a time period. Research the patterns used on the clothing or decorative elements.  (Plaids, chintz, stripes, brocades, florals….) Which patterns do you like? Which do you not like and why. Make sure to attach examples to your sketchbook/journal pages.


Week 5: Drawing Fashion Designs.  In your sketchbook/journal draw three croquis and draw your favorite outfits on the models.  Include comments on the types of fabrics and colors of the outfits.


Week 6:  Drawing Fashion Designs.  In your sketchbook/journal draw three croquis and create three different outfits.  One casual, one professional and one special occasion. Include information on what kind of fabrics they are made out of, the colors and where they would be worn.  What makes them special and different?


Week 7:  Creating repeatable patterns.  Look up examples of different repeatable patterns and how to make them.  Design three different repeatable patterns. (Just stripes is not acceptable for this assignment.)


Week 8:  Interior Design. Research new and old trends on how people decorated and furnished their homes.  Pick two time periods and put the pictures in your sketchbook/journal. Write when the room was used, which room it is and how the design worked with function.  What parts of the design do you like? Which parts don’t make sense.


Week 9:  Design a room in a house.  Can be any room. Sketch it out (or use a modeling program if you have one you like but you have to print it out and put it in your book).  Sketch out detail images of the furniture on the sides (or include furniture images you find online). Write out what colors/patterns/textures will make the room inviting.  Write out how a person will live and function in the room.


Week 10: Brainstorm ideas for the Final Project.  Draw rough sketches for a fashion line, some pattern ideas and room decorations.  Write out a plan on how/what you like and dislike about each idea.


Week 11:  Create five different rough sketches of a fashion line.  Include one of each: casual, business, special occasion, party and choice outfit.  Write out/draw the types of fabric to be used, the colors, and what kinds of shoes.


Week 13:  Create a theme for a series of related patterns.  For example: Renaissance decorative elements with a modern color twist.  Sketch out ten or more different design elements for the theme. What are the colors?  What kind of fabric would they be created on?


Week 14:  Design three rooms in a house.  A living area, a bedroom and a choice room.  Describe/design/find images of the furniture to be used.  Explain the color choices. Explain what type of person will live in this house.


Week 15:  Final Project:

You will choose one of the following three choices:

1. Design a fashion line of at least five pieces.  

2. Design a fabric pattern line of at least ten patterns.

3. Design three rooms in a house.


Final projects must be completed drawings/designs.  You may use the rough outlines from previous projects but sketches will not be considered completed work.  You will present your projects while explaining your process and reasoning for your Final.


Week 16:  Final Project